Trending: Network Performance News This Week, January 31-February 6, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, February 06, 2016 with No comments

This week's roundup of telecom news focuses on four topics: 
network functions virtualization (NFV), voice over LTE (VoLTE), 5G, and software-defined networking (SDN). What's the latest with NFV? What's causing VoLTE deployment delays? How's the 5G race shaping up? What progress are operators making with SDN, and what is it about SDN that makes network admins nervous?

NFV: Where Do We Stand Today?
There is real interest and energy behind adopting NFV. But, the service provider space is just beginning a 10-15 year migration to virtualized networks; this will take a while. SDxCentral article

VoLTE Deployment Delays–Can the Curse Be Lifted?
VoLTE is more network-friendly and power-efficient than OTT VoIP, giving mobile operators the upper hand when competing against OTT players. So what's holding back VoLTE deployments? RCR Wireless article

5G race accelerates as operators jockey to be first with trials and commercial services
Many operators are now planning accelerated timelines for 5G deployment, expecting to have commercially viable services rolled out by 2018. But what about valid 5G standards, or a clear definition of what 5G actually entails? Fierce Wireless article

As 5G approaches, 3G and 4G are still getting faster
There's lot of excitement over 5G, but vendors and operators aren't forgetting about 3G and 4G/LTE: there are ways to speed up the networks people are already using. InfoWorld article

Telefónica Steps Closer to Transport SDN
Telefónica and Huawei recently completed a field trial of SDN capabilities involving commercial traffic; the aim being to build programmable networks that can adapt to changing service requirements, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiencies. Light Reading article

Why your network admins are nervous
With the emergence of SDN, network administrators and network engineers face an uncertain future; many of their functions are likely to become automated. InfoWorld article

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